Explosion derails passenger train in Sibi, Balochistan, several injured

QUETTA – Several passengers on a passenger train were injured when a controlled device exploded on a railway track in the South West region.

According to local media reports, a passenger train from the provincial capital Quetta was derailed after a railway line explosion near Sibi. At least three Jaffer Express bogeys were derailed after the explosion near Mashkaf station in Sibi, according to reports.

Relief officials and other forces rushed to the site of the blast for relief and rescue operations while an emergency was declared at the Sibi division headquarters civilian hospital.

Pakistan Railways spokesman said at least four coaches and a locomotive were derailed in the terrorist act which occurred on the Quetta-Sibbi section of the railway.

Meanwhile, a rescue trainer has been sent from Sibbi to help with the rescue work, so fix the destroyed track. The same coach, Jaffar Express, was the target of terrorist attacks earlier in 2019, with at least five people killed and a dozen injured when a powerful explosion derailed the train near Dera Murad Jamali in Balochistan.

Earlier in the day, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid hinted at terror attacks in the capital, saying security agencies had located a sleeper cell.

Jose P. Rogers